alcohol The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s  

Lauren Slocum
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Bars and booze... we love to hate them and we hate to love 'em. When you're thirty, you're too old to wear a sombrero in a bar, but you still love drowning your sorrows in a delightful glass of sudsy alcoholic self-confidence. So what does a thirsty 30-something do? Suck it up and deal with all of these annoying scenarios that you WILL experience if you don't choose your bars wisely. 

Realizing you've outgrown your favorite watering hole is a sad, sad thing. Suddenly, the place you used to flee to for refuge and solitude has turned into a meat market for rabid college students and a breeding ground for terrible selfies. And college kids and selfie sticks hardly scratch the surface when it comes to why bars suck. Have you ever heard of a thing called Trap music? Oh, what? You couldn't hear me over the obnoxious volume of the not-so-ironic Spice Girls and Limp Bizkit jams? 

But what are the absolute worst things about going out when you're in your thirties? This list of reasons bars are the worst just might be the reason you save money this month. Or, maybe it'll inspire you to start looking for seedier dive bars on the outskirts of town - we'd all rather drink with a crusty biker gang than a pack of frat bros, anyways. Vote up the most relatable terrible bar situations and add any of your own to the list!
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Realizing Your Two Drinks Cost... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing Your Two Drinks Cost the Same as a Six Pack or a Bottle of Wine

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727 119
Realizing You Could Be on Your... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You Could Be on Your Couch Instead

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677 134
You Have to Go to Work in the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
You Have to Go to Work in the Morning

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607 170
Realizing You Were Once as Ann... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You Were Once as Annoying as Everyone Around You

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498 137
Overhearing Annoying New Sayin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Overhearing Annoying New Sayings Like "Ish" and "Lit"

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508 168
Watching Old Dudes Hit on Supe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Watching Old Dudes Hit on Super Young Girls

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456 152
Watching Drunken Testosterone ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Watching Drunken Testosterone Escalate Into Fights

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444 149
Waking Up the Next Day with a ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waking Up the Next Day with a Hangover from Hell Because You Had More Than Two Drinks

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454 164
Realizing You're the Oldest Pe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing You're the Oldest Person in the Bar

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359 133
You Don't Have Time to Wai... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
You Don't Have Time to Wait in Line to Get In

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350 140
Waiting for College Girls to O... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waiting for College Girls to Order 17 Mixed Drinks

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323 128
Having to Listen to the Terrib... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Having to Listen to the Terrible Music the Youngsters Play on the Jukebox

Things You Miss Most About High School

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316 133
Listening to Trap Music for an... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Listening to Trap Music for an Entire Evening

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323 139
Overhearing Hipsters Talk Abou... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Overhearing Hipsters Talk About Tarantino Films or Climate Change or Anything

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319 143
Not Being Able to Drink What Y... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
RobLein added Not Being Able to Drink What You Used to Be Able to Drink

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325 147
The Music Is Always Too Loud is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
The Music Is Always Too Loud

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296 149
Girls Crying in Public is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Girls Crying in Public

Black Panther Movie Quotes

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219 128
Waiting in Line for a Single S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Waiting in Line for a Single Stall While Drunk Girls Text and Gossip in There Together

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230 158
Not Getting ID'ed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Not Getting ID'ed

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195 131
Realizing That People Still Ye... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Realizing That People Still Yell "Shots"

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178 118
Sweating Your Ass Off in Your ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Sweating Your Ass Off in Your Work Clothes

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188 128
Not Knowing Any of the Songs t... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Not Knowing Any of the Songs the Youngsters Play on the Jukebox

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184 131
Checking Out Women in Their 40... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
RobLein added Checking Out Women in Their 40s Instead of Women in Their 20s

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175 129
That Feeling Like You're G... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
That Feeling Like You're Getting in the Way of Everyone's Selfies

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44 30
Being Confronted With Your Emp... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
habu027 added Being Confronted With Your Empty, Meaningless Existence

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191 185
When You Get Hit on by 22 Year... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
When You Get Hit on by 22 Year Olds Who Think You're Their Age

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139 161
Getting ID'ed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
Getting ID'ed

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113 165
When Frat Boys Hit on You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst Things About Going to Bars in Your 30s
When Frat Boys Hit on You